How to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Durga Puja 2023
We hope this Durga Puja 2023 brings joy & success to you & your loved ones. At this time of year, people all over India celebrate the "Good Win over Evil & New Beginnings of the Day" festival.
The gathering becomes bigger & more enormous every year. During the "Durga Puja," the group's energy is high, & daily duties are sometimes neglected (about climate change). With noise & air pollution on the rise, protecting the environment & managing Mother Nature with respect should be top priorities for every citizen. Durga Puja 2023 is an important cultural event that must respect its history while also minimizing its ecological impact. That's why it is crucial to take part in an environmentally friendly tradition.
Let's explore some “Go Green” Durga Puja tips for 2023 to honor Mother Nature. Let's delve deeper.
Tips to Celebrate Eco-Friendly Durga Puja
1. Use Natural Materials for Idols:
Start with avoiding using Plaster of Paris (PoP) & use natural clay to create idols. PoP is the cause of water pollution & harm to marine life, therefore, going back to the old method this year is beneficial to Mother Nature.
- Go with the Organic “Gods” Idol: Make the Durga mata idol made of clay & soil, while the fundamental structure (jewelry to adorn) is made of bamboo, hay, & jute. These materials are harmless to aquatic life since they decompose quickly.
- Genuine hues (Natural Colors): Replace chemical paints with natural colors derived from turmeric, rice flour, & other organic components (water-soluble & nontoxic natural dyes).
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2. Eco-Friendly “Sustainable” Pandals:
Most puja pandals produce a lot of waste because they are decorated with non-biodegradable materials like Thermocol & Plastic. Try to:
- Embrace the use of sustainable resources: Replaced plastic & other non-biodegradable with bamboo, cotton, & recycled products.
- Choose simple, elegant layouts: Sometimes less really is more. Using fewer resources is attainable with simple, beautiful designs.
3. Nature-Inspired Decorations:
Decorations in & around the Pandal to enhance the festive atmosphere.
- Indoor plants: Use indoor plants throughout the entire Durga Puja Pandal to promote eco-friendly celebrations. These plants provide the ornament of green space with fresh air.
- Local Flowers: Use real, seasonal flowers instead of inexpensive fake ones.
- Terracotta Lights: Use traditional clay lamps (diyas) to brighten the area instead of disposable electric candles.
- Switch to LED or LED Solar Lights: Electrical usage rises during Durga Puja owing to lavish lighting. Therefore, use solar-powered or energy-efficient LED lights wherever possible to reduce your carbon footprint.
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4. Paying Kind Attention To The Environment:
Feel genuine happiness & enthusiasm, but remember that safeguarding the Earth's natural resources is just as important as you enjoy the moment.
- Eco-friendly Custom of Immersing: Unsurprisingly, the custom of immersing Durga statues in rivers & other water sources is a major source of pollution in certain areas. Try to put the idols in temporary communal ponds rather than natural water sources like rivers or lakes, because sometimes these statues may be methodically dismantled at a later date.
- Make Less Noise: Both loudspeakers (above 65 dB) & fireworks add to the ongoing issue of noise pollution. According to WHO, noise over 65 decibels (dB) is considered noise pollution, while noise beyond 75 dB is dangerous & painful. Therefore, keep the dB level of the speakers at a safe level & choose lighter with less polluting, environmentally friendly firecrackers.
- Promote Green Transportation: Since more cars on the road equal more exhaust emissions in the air, encouraging neighbors to carpool or suggesting they take the bus is a smart idea.
- Avoid Wastage of Food: Food plays an important role in Durga Puja festivities, but it also contributes to a lot of waste. Thus, use “Eco-Friendly disposable plates & utensils” (such as bamboo plates, bowls, & silverware) & avoid plastic packaging by providing meals in recyclable containers or paper bags.
5. Indoor Plants For Durga Puja: An Eco-Friendly Present-Giving
The custom of giving & receiving presents is central to the celebration of Durga Puja, which is traditionally held on the day of Ashtami & Navami (the eighth & ninth days of Navratri during Kanya Pujan). Houseplants are great eco-friendly presents for the Durga Puja Festival because:
- Giving a plant as a gift is a kind way to honor the tradition of exchanging holiday greeting cards.
- Plants are treasured as presents during Durga Puja because they stand for re-emergence, expansion, & success.
- Plants are useful, low-maintenance, & add vitality & beauty to any environment, making them perfect presents for every occasion.
- Plants also indicate someone you care about their well-being. Cleaner air is a bonus to wellness blessings offered by houseplants like Peace Lily, Anthurium & more.
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Eco-friendly Durga Puja celebrations should not compromise the spirit of the festival. Instead, it promotes Durga Puja’s focus on life & nature’s sanctity–victory over evil. Let's make a difference this year, in words & acts, & set a pandal for sustainable celebrations of Durga Puja 2023.
Using indoor plants throughout the Durga Puja Pandal is one of the essential tips to promote eco-friendly celebrations to beautify the space, provide fresh air, & encourage a deeper connection between tradition & nature, making the festive experience uniquely serene & spiritually refreshing. Best wishes for a joyful Greenkin Durga Puja 2023 celebration!